Website Terms of Use & Privacy Policy

General
This statement outlines the information gathering and sharing practices, and terms of use for the Newton County Library System (http://www.newtonlibrary.org) web site. Your use of this web site is conditioned on your acceptance of all terms stated here. Your continued use of this site constitutes your agreement to all terms and conditions made by the Newton County Library System.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this site. However, the Newton County Library System does not guarantee that this site is free from errors. THIS WEB SITE IS PROVIDED TO YOU "AS IS," WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED.

Links to other websites
This site contains links that lead to resources and information outside the LIbrary's website. These links are provided for your reference and convenience. Because the Newton County Library System does not create or control these sites it is not responsible for the content of these websites or their privacy practices.

Linking to this site
You are allowed to create hyperlinks to the content on the Web site. The Newton County Library reserves the right to deny you this license at any time. Under no circumstances may you "frame" the site or any of its content.

Information collected
To use certain services on this site the Newton County Library System collects personally identifiable information (name, email address, or other unique identifier) from you. We collect this information only if you specifically and knowingly provide it when you send us your name, email address or any other personal information using online forms or links. This information will be used only in connection with services or for the purposes described at the point of collection. It is always optional for you to share this information with us.
Nothing is ever completely confidential on the Internet and the Library assumes no responsibility for information obtained illegally.

Submission Forms
Our site's contact forms require patrons to give us contact information. Contact information is used when staff needs to reach the patron upon the patron's initial request.

Use Information
General usage information is collected for statistical purposes.
When you access this website the Newton County Library System also collects certain technical information including: routing information, the Internet domain and address of the computer you are using, identification of the page or service you are requesting, the type of browser and operating system you are using and the date and time of the request.

Privacy

Our commitment to your privacy and confidentiality has deep roots not only in law but also in the ethics and practices of librarianship. In accordance with the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and Code of Ethics.

We do not give, sell or transfer any personal information collected by the Newton County Library System to any third party. However you should be aware that in certain instances the Newton County Library System may be required by law or court order to release information about you to a legal authority.
Georgia law.

The Newton County Library System complies with the Official Code of Georgia regarding confidentiality of library user records. The relevant statute states:
§ 24-9-46 Confidential nature of certain library records

(a) Circulation and similar records of a library which identify the user of library materials shall not be public records but shall be confidential and may not be disclosed except:

(1) To members of the library staff in the ordinary course of business;

(2) Upon written consent of the user of the library materials or the user's parents or guardian if the user is a minor or ward; or

(3) Upon appropriate court order or subpoena.

(b) Any disclosure authorized by subsection (a) of this Code section or any unauthorized disclosure of materials made confidential by that subsection (a) shall not in any way destroy the confidential nature of that material, except for the purpose for which an authorized disclosure is made. A person disclosing material as authorized by subsection (a) of this Code section shall not be liable therefor.

Children's Privacy
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act requires that web sites cannot knowingly collect information from children under age 13 without verifiable parental permission. It is the policy of this web site not to knowingly collect information from any child under the age of 13. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for a child’s online activities. The Library recommends children obtain permission from parents and guardians before sharing information on the Library Web site.

Public Forums (including Blogs and Online Displays)
Any content or information that is disclosed in a blog or similar public forum, or included in an online display hosted by the Library becomes public information and a patron should therefore exercise caution when deciding to disclose content or personal information in such places. For patron protection, Library staff will make an attempt to monitor public forums and modify posts to remove individually identifiable information but cannot guarantee such modifications. When provided, first names will be used to identify patrons.

Cookies
The Library uses session cookies to enable use of the site, and does not use permanent cookies. The Library provides access to third party commercial and public databases, some of which do require the use of cookies. The use of cookies for third party databases is governed by the database provider's requirements and policies.

Security
To prevent unauthorized access, alteration or misuse of information, the Newton County Library System has put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information under our control.

Site Content
Unless otherwise noted and except for material in the public domain under United States copyright law, the entire content of this site is copyrighted 2000 - 2009 by the Newton County Library System.

Disclaimer of Liability
The Newton County Library System shall not be held liable for any improper or incorrect use of the information described and/or contained in the Library Web site and assumes no responsibility for anyone’s use of the information.

Disclaimer of Endorsement
The Newton County Library System is a distributor of content sometimes supplied by third parties and patrons. Opinions, information and content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, patrons, or others, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and do not necessarily state or reflect the opinions of the Library.

Contacting the Library about the Web Site
If you have any other technical questions, concerns, or comments about our privacy policies, practices, use of this website or information contained on this website contact us at:
Newton County Library System
Library Web Manager
7116 Floyd Street
Covington, GA USA 30014
Email: web@newtonlibrary.org